Tanzania safari 2007 - birds


Here are some birds seen in Tanzania in November 2007

Even with my own personal safari guide, birds were not a safari priority. Every time I spotted something interesting, I had politely to ask the driver to stop. The guide was apparently not used to guests interersted in feathered animals, and did not stop for any birds except ostriches.

Several of the poor-quality photos shown here were merely posted for my own sake, to remember the bird diversity in the region and which species I managed to get photos of.



Hooded Vulture, Serengeti NP


Black Kite, Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Kori Bustard, Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Crowned Lapwing, Tarangire NP


Black-bellied Bustard, Serengeti NP


White-bellied Bustard, Serengeti NP


Hamerkop, Tarangire NP


Speckled Pigeon, Manyara


Von der Decken's Hornbill, male, Tarangire NP

Von der Decken's Hornbill, female, Tarangire NP


Yellow-billed Stork, Lake Manyara NP


Ostrich pair, Serengeti NP


Southern Ground Hornbill, Serengeti NP


Grey Crowned Crane, Ngorongoro Conservation Area


African Fish Eagle, Lake Manyara NP


Grey-headed Kingfisher, Lake Manyara NP


African White-backed Vulture, Serengeti NP


Many species in one tree: Lappet-faced Vulture, Rueppell's Griffon Vulture, African White-backed Vulture, Hooded Vulture and Tawny Eagle, Tarangire NP


African Open-billed Stork, Tarangire NP


Black-headed Heron and Sacred Ibis, Serengeti NP


Bateleur Eagle, Tarangire NP


Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Serengeti NP


Saddel-billed Stork, Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Secretary Bird, Ngorongoro Crater


White-bellied Go-away-bird, Tarangire NP


Red and Yellow Barbet, Tarangire NP


Lake Natron


Lake Natron


Lesser Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor), Lake Magadi, Ngorongoro Conservation Area



Lake Natron is the main breeding area for the Lesser Flamingo. An impressive 1.5-2.5 million Lesser Flamingo (Near Threatened) depend on this single lake during the breeding season – that’s 75% of the world’s population

Black-winged Stilt, Serengeti NP


Black-winged Stilt, Serengeti NP


Little Stint, Serengeti NP


Little Stint, Serengeti NP


Red-billed Teal, Serengeti NP


Black-chested Snake Eagle, Serengeti NP


Fishers Lovebird, Lake Manyara NP


Magpie Shrike, Serengeti NP


Superb Starling, Serengeti NP


Red-cheeked Cordonbleu, Serengeti NP


Black-winged Kite, Serengeti NP


Rufous-tailed Weaver, Ngorongoro Crater


Glossy Ibis, Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Long-tailed Cormorant, Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Speke's Weaver, Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Common Moorhen, Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Hadada Ibis, Serengeti NP


Helmeted Guineafowl, Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Southern Fiscal, Serengeti NP


Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, Serengeti NP


Thought this might be a Steppe Eagle due to the gape, but it could be just another Tawny Eagle, Serengeti NP


White-headed Buffalo Weaver, Tarangire NP


Lilac-breasted Roller, Tarangire NP


Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Tarangire NP


Red-billed Hornbill, Tarangire NP


Probably a sleeping Tawny Eagle, Tarangire NP


Water Thick-knee, Tarangire NP


Green Sandpiper, Tarangire NP


House Crow


Egyptian Goose, Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Wire-tailed Swallow, Lake Eyasi


Silvery-cheecked Hornbill, Lake Manyara NP


Great White Pelican, Lake Manyara NP


Yellow-billed Stork and Great White Pelican, Lake Manyara NP


Red-billed Firefinch


Malachite Kingfisher


Hildebrant's Starling, Tarangire NP


Marabou Stork, Manyara


Ashy Starling, Tarangire NP


Little Bee-eater, Lake Manyara NP


African Wattled Lapwing, Serengeti NP


White-browed Coucal, Tarangire NP


Northern White-crowned Shrike, Serengeti NP


Black-crowned Night-heron, Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Number Species Latin 
1 African Fish Eagle Haliaeetus vocifer
2 African Grey Hornbill Tockus nasutus
3 African Hawk-eagle Aquila (Hieraaetus) spilogaster
4 African Hoopoe Upupa africana
5 African Jacana Actophilornis africanus
6 African Malachite Kingfisher Corythornis cristatus
7 African Open-billed Stork Anastomus lamelligerus
8 African Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus
9 African Spoonbill Platalea alba
10 African Wattled Lapwing Vanellus senegallus
11 African White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus
12 Amur fFalcon Falco amurensis
13 Ashy Starling Lamprotornis unicolor
14 Baglafecht Weaver Ploceus baglafecht
15 Bare-faced Go-away-bird Corythaixoides personatus
16 Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus
17 Black Crake Zapornia flavirostra
18 Black Egret Egretta ardesiaca
19 Black Kite Milvus migrans
20 Black Stork Ciconia nigra
21 Black-bellied Bustard Lissotis melanogaster
22 Black-chested Snake-eagle Circaetus pectoralis
23 Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax
24 Black-faced Sandgrouse Pterocles decoratus
25 Black-headed Heron Ardea melanocephala
26 Black-headed Weaver Ploceus melanocephalus
27 Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus
28 Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
29 Blacksmith Lapwing Vanellus armatus
30 Blue-capped Cordonblue Uraeginthus cyanocephalus
31 Broad-billed Roller Eurystomus glaucurus
32 Brown Snake-eagle Circaetus cinereus
33 Cape Crow Corvus capensis
34 Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
35 Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles exustus
36 Common Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus
37 Common Fiscal Lanius collaris
38 Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia
39 Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
40 Common Ostrich Struthio camelus
41 Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
42 Coqui francolin Peliperdix coqui
43 Crested francolin Dendroperdix sephaena
44 Crowned lapwing Vanellus coronatus
45 Dark-chanting goshawk Melierax metabates
46 Egyptian goose Alopochen aegyptiaca
47 Emerald-spotted wood-dove Turtur chalcospilos
48 Fisher's lovebird Agapornis fischeri
49 Fork-tailed drongo Dicrurus adsimilis
50 Glossy ibis Plegadis falcinellus
51 Great cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
52 Great egret Ardea alba
53 Great white pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus
54 Greater blue-eared starling Lamprotornis chalybaeus
55 Greater flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus
56 Green wood-hoopoe Phoeniculus purpureus
57 Grey heron Ardea cinerea
58 Grey-crested helmet-shrike Prionops poliolophus
59 Grey-crowned crane Balearica regulorum
60 Grey-headed gull Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus
61 Hadada ibis Bostrychia hagedash
62 Hamerkop Scopus umbretta
63 Helmeted guineafowl Numida meleagris
64 Hildebrandt's starling Lamprotornis hildebrandti
65 Hooded vulture Necrosyrtes monachus
66 House crow Corvus splendens
67 Kori bustard Ardeotis kori
68 Lappet-faceed vulture Torgos tracheliotos
69 Lesser black-backed gull Larus fuscus
70 Lesser flamingo Phoeniconaias minor
71 Lilac-breasted roller Coracias caudatus
72 Little bee-eater Merops pusillus
73 Little egret Egretta garzetta
74 Little stint Calidris minuta
75 Long-tailed cormorant Phalacrocorax africanus
76 Magpie shrike Urolestes melanoleucus
77 Marabou stork Leptoptilos crumenifer
78 Montagu's harrier Circus pygargus
79 Northern House Martin Delichon urbicum
80 Northern white-crowned shrike Eurocephalus rueppelli
81 Pied crow Corvus albus
82 Red and yellow barbet Trachyphonus erythrocephalus
83 Red-billed firefinch Lagonosticta senegala
84 Red-billed hornbill Tockus erythrorhynchus
85 Red-billed teal Anas erythrorhyncha
86 Red-cheeked cordon-blue Uraeginthus bengalus
87 Red-knobbed coot Fulica cristata
88 Ring-necked dove Streptopelia capicola
89 Rufous sparrow Passer rufocinctus
90 Rufous-tailed weaver Histurgops ruficauda
91 Ruppell's griffon vulture Gyps rueppelli
92 Saddle-billed stork Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis
93 Secretary bird Sagittarius serpentarius
94 Silvery-cheeked hornbill Bycanistes brevis
95 Southern ground-hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateri
96 Speckled pigeon Columba guinea
97 Specled mousebird Colius striatus
98 Speke's weaver Ploceus spekei
99 Spotted morning trush Cichladusa guttata
100 Spotted thick-knee Burhinus capensis
101 Steppe eagle Aquila nipalensis
102 Striated heron Butorides striata
103 Superb starling Lamprotornis superbus
104 Swahili sparrow Passer suahelicus
105 Tawny eagle Aquila rapax
106 Vitelline masked weaver Ploceus vitellinus
107 Von der Decken's hornbill Tockus deckeni
108 Water thick-knee Burhinus vermiculatus
109 Whiskered tern Chlidonias hybrida
110 White-bellied bustard Eupodotis senegalensis
111 White-bellied go-away-bird? Criniferoides leucogaster
112 White-browed coucal Centropus superciliosus
113 White-headed buffalo weaver Dinemellia dinemelli
114 White-headed vulture Trigonoceps occipitalis
115 Wire-tailed Swallow Hirundo smithii
116 Wood sandpiper Tringa glareola
117 Woodland Kingfisher Halcyon senegalensis
118 Yellow-billed Oxpecker Buphagus africanus
119 Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis
120 Yellow-necked Spurfowl Pternistis leucoscepus